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Thane A. Blinman, M.D.
Pediatric Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
5th Floor, Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Administrative Assistant: Carol Glace
Administrative Telephone: 215-590-4510
Administrative Fax: 215-386-3036

Clinical Offices:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
5th Floor, Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Clinical Telephone: 215-590-4510
Clinical Fax: 215-386-3036

blinman@email.chop.edu

Link to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Dr. Blinman is an attending surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and assistant director of Trauma Surgery, both at CHOP.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Blinman has a wide area of interest in pediatric conditions. One area he is particularly passionate about includes the diagnosis, treatment and long-term care of children with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Dr. Blinman earned his bachelor's of science degree in biology and kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA, and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Blinman completed a research fellowship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Blinman has authored dozens of clinical articles and book chapters, served as a reviewer for peer-reviewed medical journals and is a frequent presenter at local and national surgical conferences. Additionally, Dr. Blinman has appeared in several videos and podcasts regarding pediatric surgical techniques and treatments.

 
Faculty Appointments
2006 - present Assistant Professor of Surgery at CHOP
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2001 - 2003 Instructor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2012 - present Director, Pediatric General Surgery Fellowship Program
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Surgical Operating Room Nursing Liaison
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Assistant Director of Trauma Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2006 - present Active Surgeon
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, North Suburban Medical Center
Thornton, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Sky Ridge Medical Center
Lonetree, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Littleton/Adventist Hospital
Littleton, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Swedish Medical Center
Denver, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Rose Medical Center
Denver, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Staff Surgeon, Medical Center of Aurora
Aurora, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Attending Surgeon, The Children’s Hospital
Denver, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Attending Surgeon
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital
Denver, Colorado
 
2003 - 2006 Pediatric Surgeon
Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery
Denver, Colorado
 
Education/Training
1990 - 1994 M.D. Vanderbilt University
 
1985 - 1990 B.S. University of California at Los Angeles
(Biology & Kinesiology)
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2001 - 2003 Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998 - 2001 Residency in General Surgery, UCLA
Los Angeles, California
 
1996 - 1998 Research Fellowship, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
(focus: cytokines in initiation and propagation of sepsis and pancreatitis; supervisor Ed Livingston, MD)
 
1994 - 1996 Intern and PGY2 in General Surgery, UCLA
Los Angeles, California
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National/International Societies
2011 - present The American Physiological Society
 
2010 - present  American Pediatric Surgical Association
 
2010 - present   Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
 
2008 - present   International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
 
2008 - present  American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery
 
2007 - present  Children’s Oncology Group
 
2003 - present   American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow)
 
2003 - present  American Association for the Advancement of Science
 
1998 - present  Biomedical Engineering Society
 
Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Schriger DL, Larmon B, LeGassick T, Blinman T. Spinal immobilization on a flat backboard: Does it result in neutral position of the cervical spine? Annals of Emergency Medicine 20(8):878-881, Aug. 1991.
  2. Morris JA Jr, Eddy VA, Blinman TA, Rutherford EJ, Sharp KW.  The staged celiotomy for trauma. Issues in unpacking and reconstruction.  Annals of Surgery 217(5):576-586, May 1993.
  3. Chang MC, Blinman TA, Rutherford EJ, Nelson LD, Morris JA Jr.  Preload assessment in trauma patients during large-volume shock resuscitation.  Archives of Surgery 131(7):728-731, July 1996.
  4. Rigberg DA, Kim FS, Blinman TA, Cole MA, Lane JS, So J, McFadden DW.  p21 expression is increased by irradiation in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.  Journal of Surgical Research 76(2):137-142, May 1998.
  5. Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Blinman TA, Towfigh S, McFadden DW.  Two decades of cervical esophagostomy: indications and outcomes.  American Surgeon 64(10):939-941, Oct. 1998.
  6. Gukovsky I, Gukovskaya AS, Blinman TA, Zaninovic V, Pandol SJ.  Early NF-kappaB activation is associated with hormone-induced pancreatitis.  American Journal of Physiology 275(6 Pt 1):G1402-1414, Dec. 1998.
  7. Rigberg DA, Blinman TA, Kim FS, Cole MA, McFadden DW.  Antisense blockade of p21/WAF1 decreases radiation-induced G2 arrest in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Research 81(1):6-10, Jan. 1999.
  8. Broker BJ, Chakrabarti R, Blinman T, Roesler J, Wang MB, Srivatsan ES.  Comparison of growth factor expression in fetal and adult fibroblasts: a preliminary report.  Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery 125(6):676-680, June 1999.
  9. Gloor B, Blinman TA, Rigberg DA, Todd KE, Lane JS, Hines OJ, Reber HA.  Kupffer cell blockade reduces hepatic and systemic cytokine levels and lung injury in hemorrhagic pancreatitis in rats.  Pancreas 21(4):414-420, Nov. 2000.
  10. Blinman TA, Gukovsky I, Mouria M, Zaninovic V, Livingston E, Pandol SJ, Gukovskaya AS.   Activation of pancreatic acinar cells on isolation from tissue: cytokine upregulation via p38 MAP kinase.  American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology 279(6):C1993-2003, Dec. 2000.
  11. Holly LT, Kelly DF, Counelis GJ, Blinman T, McArthur DL, Cryer HG.  Cervical spine trauma associated with moderate and severe head injury: incidence, risk factors, and injury characteristics.  Journal of Neurosurgery 96(3 Suppl):285-291, Apr. 2002.
  12. Stafford PW, Blinman TA, Nance ML.  Practical points in evaluation and resuscitation of the injured child.  Surgical Clinics of North America 82(2):273-301, Apr. 2002.
  13. Savard CE, Blinman TA, Choi HS, Lee SK, Pandol SJ, Lee SP.  Expression of cytokine and chemokine mRNA and secretion of tumor necrosis factor-alpha by gallbladder epithelial cells: Response to bacterial lipopolysaccharides.  BMC Gastroenterology 2:23, Oct. 11, 2002.
  14. Rothenberg S, Holcomb G, Georgeson K, Irish M, Lucas E, Blinman T.  Web-based live telesurgery for minimally invasive procedures in children as an educational tool. Journal of Laparoendoscic Advanced Surgical Techniques, Part A. 17(2):226-229, Apr. 2007.
  15. Polk-Williams A, Car BG, Blinman TA, Masiakos PT, Wiebe DJ, Nance ML.  Cervical spine injury in young children: A National Trauma Data Bank review.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 43(9):1718-1721, Sept. 2008.
  16. Blinman TA, Houseknecht E, Snyder C, Wiebe DJ, Nance ML.  Postconcussive symptoms in hospitalized pediatric patients after mild traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 44(6):1223-1228, June 2009.
  17. Blinman TA.  Incisions do not simply sum.  Surgical Endoscopy 24(7):1746-1751, July 2010 (Epub Jan. 7, 2010).
  18. Pineles SL, Avery RA, Moss HE, Finkel R, Blinman T, Kaiser L, Liu GT.  Visual and systemic outcomes in pediatric ocular myasthenia gravis.  American Journal of Ophthalmology 150(4):453-459.e3, Oct. 2010 (Epub Aug. 1, 2010).
  19. Santore MT, Behar BJ, Blinman TA, Doolin EJ, Hedrick HL, Mattei P, Nance ML, Adzick NS, Flake AW.  Hepaticoduodenostomy vs hepaticojejunostomy for reconstruction after resection of choledochal cyst.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 46(1):209-213, Jan. 2011.
  20. Santore MT, Deans KJ, Behar BJ, Blinman TA, Adzick NS, Flake AW.  Laparoscopic hepaticoduodenostomy versus open hepaticoduodenostomy for reconstruction after resection of choledochal cyst.  Journal of Laparoendoscic & Advanced Surgical Techniques Part A 21(4):375-378, May 2011 (Epub Mar. 28, 2011).
  21. Calabria AC, Gallagher PR, Simmons R, Blinman T, De León DD.  Postoperative surveillance and detection of postprandial hypoglycemia after fundoplasty in children. Pediatrics 159(4):597-601.e1, Oct. 2011 (Epub May 17, 2011).
  22. Blinman TA, Cook R.  Allometric prediction of energy expenditure in infants and children.  Infant Child & Adolescent Nutrition 3(4):216-224, Aug. 2011.
  23. Biko DM, Anupindi SA, Hanhan SB, Blinman T, Markowitz RI.  Assessment of recurrent abdominal symptoms after Ladd procedure: clinical and radiographic correlation.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery 46(9):1720-1725, Sept. 2011.
  24. Croll A, Blinman TA.  The eccentricities of nourishing the infant with abdominal anomalies. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 27(3):218-230, Aug. 2012.
  25. Ragavan MV, Blinman TA, Fieldston ES.  Scheduled Surgery admissions and occupancy at a children’s hospital:  Variation we can control to improve efficiency and value in health care deliver.  Annals of Surgery 257(3):564-570, Mar. 2013.
  26. Sahn B. Blinman TA, Cahill AM, Bhatti T, Magbool A, Mamula P, Anupindi SA: Vascular malformation as a Cause of Occult GI Bleeding.  Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.  June 2013 (Epub ahead of print).
  27. Tsai J, Blinman TA, Collins JL, Laje P, Hedrick HL, Adzick NS, Flake AW.  The contribution of hiatal hernia to severe gastroesophageal reflux disease in patients with gastroschisis.  Pediatric Surgery 49(3):395-398, Mar. 2014
  28. Cook RC, Blinman TA.  Alleviation of retching and feeding intolerance after fundoplication.  Nutrition in Clinical Practice Apr. 3, 2014 (Epub ahead of print).
  29. Jensen E, Munson DA, Zhang H, Blinman TA, Kirplani H.  Anti-gastroesophageal reflux surgery in infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia.  Pediatric Pulmonology Apr. 21, 2014 (Epub ahead of print).
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Blinman T, Maggard M.  Rational manipulation of oxygen delivery. [Review] Journal of Surgical Research 92(1):120-141, July 2000.
  2. Mann, S, Blinman TA, Wilson RD.  Prenatal and postnatal management of omphalocele. [Review] Prenatal Diagnosis 28(7):626-632, July 2008.
  3. Cook RC, Blinman TA.  Nutritional support of the pediatric trauma patient. [Review]  Seminars in Pediatric Surgery 19(4):242-251, Nov. 2010.
  4. Blinman TA, Ponsky T.  Pediatric minimally invasive surgery: Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy in infants and children. [Review] Pediatrics 130(3):539-549, Sept. 2012 (Epub Aug. 6, 2012).
  5. Feudtner C, Blinman TA.  The pediatric surgeon and palliative care.  [Review] Seminars in Pediatric Surgery 22(3):154-160, Aug. 2013.
Research Publications, Non-Peer Reviewed
  1. Blinman T.  Unintended consequences of epic implementation in general surgery.  Internal “white paper,” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
  2. Blinman T.  Comparative analysis of gastrostomy button.  Internal “white paper,” The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
Abstracts, Past 3 Years
  1. Blinman TA, Casale P.  The PEDESTAL Project:  Explicit pediatric MIS training beyond simulation.  21st Congress for Endosurgery in Children.  International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, San Diego, CA, Mar. 6-12, 2012.
  2. Blinman TA.  Allometric Scaling Determines CO2 Handling During Insufflation. 21st Congress for Endosurgery in Children.  International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, San Diego, CA, Mar. 6-12, 2012.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Chandler C, Blinman T, Cryer H.  Acute renal failure.  In Mattox DL, Moore EE, Feliciano DV (eds):  Trauma, 4th Edition.  New York: Appleton & Lange, 1999, 174-201.
  2. Blinman T, Nance ML.  Special consideration in trauma in children.  In Flint L, Meredith JW,  Schwab CW, Trunkey DD, Rue LW, Taheri PA (eds):  Trauma: Contemporary Principles and Therapy.  Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2008, 575-595.
  3. Blinman TA, Rothenberg SS.  Laparoscopic repair of diaphragmatic defects: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (of Bochdalek) and eventration.  In Bax Klaas (N) MA, Georgeson KE, Rothenberg S, Valla JS, Yeung CK (eds): Endoscopic Surgery in Infants and Children. Berlin: Springer, 2008, 569-573.
  4. Blinman TA.  Pediatric trauma resuscitation.  Part III, Chap. 14 in Mattei P (ed): Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery.  New York: Springer, 2011, 103-109.
  5. Blinman TA.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Part VII, Chap. 42 in Mattei P (ed): Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery.  New York: Springer, 2011, 333-341.
  6. Frioux SM, Blinman T, Christian CW.  Vaginal lacerations from consensual intercourse in adolescents. [Case Report] Child Abuse & Neglect 35(1):69-73, Jan. 2011.
  7. Blinman TA, Nance ML.  Trauma: Epidemiology, scoring and triage systems, and injury prevention. In Zeigler M, Azizkhan R, Weber T, Stevens AT (eds):  Operative Pediatric Surgery, Second Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014 (in press).
  8. Blinman TA:  The Impact of gastroesophageal reflux on the neonatal airway. In Lioy J, Sobol S (eds.):  Disorders of the Neonatal Airway.  Berlin:  Springer, 2014 (in press).
Alternative Media
  1. Blinman T.  Method of the art.  On-line document published at http://methodoftheart.typepad.com/. (closed)
  2. Blinman T.  Thoracoscopic lobectomy.  Network1 Podcasts, 2008.
  3. Blinman T.  Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplasty.  Network1 Podcasts, 2008.
  4. Blinman T.  Possible complete colectomy/ileostomy with j-pouch.  Surgery Expert Forum, MedHelp (on-line resource at   www.medhelp.org/posts/Surgery/ possible complete colectomy/ileostomy with j-pouch).
Patents
  1. Blinman T.  Cannula anchor. Publication No: US 2011/0028796 A1, publication date: 02/03/2011.
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2001 Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA Division of General Surgery
 
2001 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA School of Medicine
 
1994 Canby Robinson Society Award, Vanderbilt University Surgery
 
1990 UCLA Regents Scholar
 
1990 UCLA Alumni Scholar
 
 

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